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Skanska preferred bidder for £170m waste scheme

Skanska will invest in the three-year programme after planning permission is achieved on a new facility with client Bradford and Calderdale Waste Partnership.

The contractorwill carry out work under a 50/50 joint venture with Aecom.

Once the new facility is completed, Waste Recycling Group, part of the international environmental services, infrastructure and energy business, FCC, will undertake operation of the facility for 25 years.

The contract will involve the design, build, finance and operation of a new ‘resource recovery’ facility in Bradford. The new RRF will accept and process all of Bradford and Calderdale’s residual waste and will house a mechanical treatment plant for the recovery of recyclable materials such as metals, plastics, paper, card and aggregates.

The remaining waste will then be thermally treated in the Energy Recovery Plant producing electricity that is to be fed to the National Grid.

Skanska infrastructure development president Steve Sams said: “This contract will offer a completely new approach to managing Bradford and Calderdale’s residual waste. Instead of sending household waste to landfill, which is environmentally unsustainable and increasingly expensive, it will be processed to extract the valuable recyclable materials whilst the remaining waste is converted into energy.

“The new RRF will be built in Bradford creating significant investment and work opportunities for the local community. Skanska now look forward to working closely with the local planning authority to secure planning approval later this year followed by construction commencement in the spring of 2013.”

Aecom managing director for water Graham Howells added: “We look forward to working with Skanska to ensure that the Bradford and Calderdale Waste Treatment project successfully delivers its planned outcome, and are pleased that Aecom can contribute and apply its global expertise in engineering advanced waste treatment facilities.

“We are confident that the experience and capacity of this joint venture will provide sustainable solutions to assist the Bradford and Calderdale Waste Partnership to meet its combined targets for waste diversion, recycling and energy production.”

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